The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with Bibliographical and Critical Notes, Riverside Edition (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1890), III, 69. PS 2250 E90 Robarts Library.
1Out of the bosom of the Air,
2 Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
3Over the woodlands brown and bare,
4 Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
5 Silent, and soft, and slow
6 Descends the snow.
7Even as our cloudy fancies take
8 Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
9Even as the troubled heart doth make
10 In the white countenance confession,
11 The troubled sky reveals
12 The grief it feels.
13This is the poem of the air,
14 Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
15This is the secret of despair,
16 Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
17 Now whispered and revealed
18 To wood and field.
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In Birds of Passage
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